Pancho and Lefty Gigs Lyrics

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Author
Townes Van Zandt
Original Band
Townes Van Zandt

Gigs

Billed As Venue City State Country Date
Robyn Hitchcock Chapungu Lodge Thornybush Private Game Reserve South Africa February 09, 2016
Robyn Hitchcock The Junction Cambridge England UK October 06, 2014
Robyn Hitchcock Mono Glasgow Scotland UK June 08, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift Botanic Park Adelaide South Australia Australia March 07, 2015
Robyn Hitchcock McGonigel's Mucky Duck Houston Texas US February 06, 2015

Lyrics

Living on the road my friend
Is gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron
Your breath as hard as kerosene
You weren't your mama's only boy
But her favorite one, it seems
She began to cry when you said goodbye
And sank into your dreams

Pancho was a bandit, boys
His horse was fast as polished steel
He wore his gun outside his pants
For all the honest world to feel
Pancho met his match, you know
On the deserts down in mexico
Nobody heard his dying words
Ah, but that's the way it goes

An all the federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him hang around
Out of kindness, I suppose

Lefty, he can't sing the blues
All night long like he used to
The dust that Pancho bit down south
Ended up in lefty's mouth
The day they laid poor Pancho low
Lefty split for Ohio
Where he got the bread to go
There ain't nobody knows

An all the federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him slip away
Out of kindness, I suppose

The poets tell how Pancho fell
And Lefty's living in cheap hotels
The desert's quiet, Cleveland's cold
So the story ends, we're told
Pancho needs your prayers, it's true
Save a few for Lefty too
He just did what he had to do
And now he's growing old

A few great federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him go so long
Out of kindness, I suppose

A few great federales say
They could have had him any day
They only let him go so long
Out of kindness, I suppose